Friday, January 01, 2016

Golden Rule

Defender of faith Peter Hitchens scoffs at the idea that the Golden Rule -do not do to others what you would not wish them do to you - is a woefully inadequate  injunction from a believer's position and that it represents merely the start of what is required.This is bizarre as the Rule which predates by centuries the Bible injunction that was a plagiarism of it, namely Do unto others what you would have done unto you is a pivotal injunction from scripture yet Hitchens dismisses it as nugatory. Yet just imagine what sort of world we would live in if everyone observed this command;it would be paradise on earth.There would be no crime,no theft,burglary,murder,rape etc etc.In the awful world we live in that is not nothing.

As Mr Hitchens is always emphasizing the need not to be selfish he no doubt thinks altruism and self sacrifice is required for salvation,not the mere leaving people alone.A non sacrifical wolrd without the need of human sacrifices is surely more than  enough for anyone aspiring to be truly human.

1 comment:

The Patriot said...

People love to do to others what was done to them. It's the easy path to lash out in response when we're all possessed i.e. 'owned'.

Politics thinks we're just dealing with people composed of mere atoms and molecules and that with a bit of prodding and some drugs they can make us behave..that's until it suits them to have us fight each other. That's where Darwin's racist Theory of Evolution comes in and partly why it has been pushed so much in schools and universities! :)

The animal will do unto others what was done to it if it judges it can get away with it or is angry enough. Politicians should not try to confuse us.